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Dengue Virus Serotypes Circulating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, 2013-2015.

Dengue Virus Serotypes Circulating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, 2013-2015.
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Suleman M, Faryal R, Alam MM, Sharif S, Shaukat S, Aamir UB, Khurshid A, Angez M, Umair M, Sufian MM, Arshad Y, Zaidi SS,


Suleman M, Faryal R, Alam MM, Sharif S, Shaukat S, Aamir UB, Khurshid A, Angez M, Umair M, Sufian MM, Arshad Y, Zaidi SS, (click to view)

Suleman M, Faryal R, Alam MM, Sharif S, Shaukat S, Aamir UB, Khurshid A, Angez M, Umair M, Sufian MM, Arshad Y, Zaidi SS,

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Annals of laboratory medicine 37(2) 151-154 doi 10.3343/alm.2017.37.2.151
Abstract

From 2013 to 2015, the National Institute of Health, Pakistan, received 1,270 blood samples of suspected dengue cases reported from inpatient and outpatient departments of various hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. In this study, we determined the circulating dengue virus (DENV) serotypes using real-time reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR to understand the serotype-based epidemiology of DENV. All four serotypes (DENV-1 [6%], DENV-2 [33%], DENV-3 [47%], and DENV-4 [0.1%]) were found circulating during the study period. Our findings suggest the need for an active surveillance system coupled with the laboratory diagnosis, especially in the chronic endemic areas of the country. Public awareness programs are needed for effective control and prevention of outbreaks in the future.

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